In July 2011, Margaret Drake was a young mother going into labor. She was having her son, Makaio, via natural birth at her home in Manoa under the care of a naturopath Lori Kimata and her assistant Kaja Gibbs, who both worked for the Sacred Healing Arts Center.
“It was advertised as a safe option and I trusted in that,” Drake said.
Drake’s lawyer, Richard Turbin, alleges that Kimata and her assistant, Gibbs, were not trained or certified to oversee and manage a childbirth, especially without a medical doctor around.
Labor went on for two days by which point Drake should have been taken to a hospital for a C-section. But she wasn’t. Her baby was born limp and in respiratory distress with permanent brain damage due to lack of oxygen from prolonged birth.
Naturopaths are lightly regulated in Hawaii. As a doctor notes, since they are not surgically trained, they shouldn’t be doing deliveries.